Apple tablet may come with multitouch iWork version

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Apple is said to have spent a couple of years working on a multitouch version of their office suite for Mac OS X, iWork, that could be included on the much-rumoured tablet device, according to the New York Times, citing conversations with “several former Apple employees” who had a role in developing the tablet device. Like previously-rumoured, the Apple tablet will have a steep learning curve, with users having to learn new finger gestures – including those to control the multitouch version of iWork. It’s expected that much of the gestures would be using technology from FingerWorks, a company Apple purchased in 2007.

The newspaper has also claimed that Apple may want to make the tablet a fully functional computer than an eBook reader or something that you can watch your movies. This move could help justify a higher price tag, with claims that the tablet could cost between US$800 to US$1000. In contrast, the tablet designs unveiled by Freescale at CES 2010 could go on sale as little as US$200.

Apple is expected to introduce their tablet later this month, with reports that the device will be available for purchase near the end of Q1 or sometime between Q2.